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STOP And Think BEFORE Buying Your New Garden Cabin. What you should ask and check BEFORE buying
When buying a cabin for the garden, it seems very straightforward to – click on the ‘web’, find the building in the size you want and then search for the best price. ‘Piece of Cake YES?
Well, not really, as there are so many different buildings available from the ‘cheap and possibly nasty’ right up to ones which would feel at home in a posh country home. To ensure you make the right decision, you need to do your homework to make the right choice and buy the right one for YOUR needs.
Our range of Trentan, Woodpro and Lugarde log cabins for you to enjoy in your garden covers over 80 different models and sizes.
From apex and pent styles as well as clock houses, multi-room cabins, corner buildings and even ‘L’ shaped garden cabins. Solidly constructed in slow-growing, interlocking Nordic timber from sustainable sources, they provide great protection from the weather.
With many models under 2.5m tall, you can select one of our luxury log cabins or log cabin kits to suit your needs. Also included are properly made double glazed doors and windows. We are also able to arrange cabin assembly as well as base building if required.
Many of our wooden cabins do not require planning permission. They will fit snugly in your garden. As long as they are built within the required distance from an adjoining property, you will not have a problem. See our guide on this page about how to treat your log cabin.
Before committing yourself:
View our high-quality buildings at one of our show sites.
Come and see for yourself at our garden room showrooms in Surrey. You will then be able to see for yourself that they are the best timber cabins available in the UK.
Don’t have regrets. You will be very welcome.
Should I Choose An Insulated Log Cabin In The UK?
A wooden cabin is used mainly during the warmer parts of the year, but it’s a shame to close it down when the weather turns cold. The answer is an insulated log cabin as this will help to keep the cabin warmer all year round. There will be a bit of investment to do this, but the rewards are great with this added insulation.
Your children could use it as a den and out from under your feet, and they would love you for it. Or you could use it for your self and get away from your busy life, or your wife could use it as a hobby room. Even better you can share it with all your family which as got to be good.
Other than that, an insulated garden cabin could be used as an office where you could run your business or run a small min-factory. In this instance, it could be tax deductible so even better.
Can I Insulate My Garden Cabin After Delivery?
You can insulate your garden cabin after delivery if you have reasonable DIY skills and you are going to build the cabin yourself. All you need would be some polystyrene or fibreglass type insulation and some sheets of plywood, hardboard or something similar and 2×2 timbers. After you have fitted the roof, you would nail the 2×2 timbers to the roof and then fit the fibreglass or polystyrene inside these timbers. You would then line over the top with some sheet material before fixing the roofing material.
With the floor you would again nail 2×2 timbers onto the floor, fit the insulation in between and then line with plywood (at least ½” but ideally ¾” thick). This would raise the floor by 2″ if you go on top of the floor. Ideally, put the insulation in between the floor joists but ensure it does not touch your base as you need to allow some airflow underneath.
The walls are normally at least 44m thick and sometimes 70mm thick. This in itself provides good insulation values, so it not always necessary to insulate the walls any further. Having said that any extra insulation added will help even more to keep the temperature right. All the Trentan, Lugarde and Woodpro log cabins come with double glazed doors and windows, unlike many cheap garden cabins.
What Other Options Do I Have?
On all our log cabins we have an option to supply a lining and insulating kit for the roof and floor so nothing else would be required (supplied within a 50 miles radius of Guildford). And if you took the option of having the cabin built, then the floor and roof insulation would be fitted for you within the price. The other plus is that the floor insulation would go under the floorboards so you would not use any height within your cabin. Well worth considering if we are arranging the installation for you.
The cabins are supplied with chunky timber walls (good U-values) and double glazing as standard, and you can ensure that they are comfortable year-round with the addition of our insulated floor and roof upgrade. We use 50mm PIR Celotex / Kingspan in the roof and cover this with a structural grade 18mm OSB roof deck atop before fitting your specified roofing material.
We will use 25mm PIR Celotex / Kingspan on the floor. The fitment of insulation will not affect the internal headroom in any way and prices shown will include for fitting when our teams install your cabin.
Will These Insulated Log Cabins Be Warm In The Winter?
By adding insulation to the roof and floor then this will make a massive difference and help to keep the building warmer in the winter and a little cooler in the summer. The standard 44mm logs do provide a reasonable amount of insulation – the 70mm more so. However, it’s reasonably easy to add insulation to the walls after you have had the building built if you choose to do so, but you should ensure that the wall logs are still able to move according to the time of the year.
You would, like in a house, need to provide heating during the cooler months and I would recommend a dry source of heat such as an electric radiator. Never use a Calor Gas type of heater as, besides the flammability of it, gives out a lot of moisture and can make your cabin damp. Avoid at all costs.
One thing which most people don’t think about is keeping the log cabin cooler in the warmer months. Insulating the building will help massively in this aspect. And this is something I only learned by chance. On a hot summer day, I went from one of our display buildings into an insulated one and was astonished by the difference in temperature. I double-checked, and the insulated building was far cooler, so this is well worth considering.
How Much Will Insulation Cost For The Floor & Roof?
On all of our cabin pages you will find links to the prices of the basic buildings, and on the order form, you will see the cost for that particular model. And if you are not sure, then have a chat with us, and we can help. Being able to use your garden cabin all year round is well worth considering at the stage of buying it. You will find it harder afterwards to add it. So sometimes it better to ‘bite the bullet’ and get the right building at the right time.
We are, of course, delighted to provide you with a no-obligation quote to meet your needs so call on (0800) 999 6995, (0333) 800 8880, (01483) 237550 or (01252) 311085 use our contact form or call into one of our display sites near Farnham and Guildford and have a chat. You will be glad you did.
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